Book Review: Just My Typo



Over the course of the past week I read (or rather giggled through) JUST MY TYPO by Drummond Moir. The subtitle gives a clear hint about what is to be found within:

From “Sinning with the choir” to “The Untied States”.

JUST MY TYPO is a compendium of well-documented typos arranged in twelve hilarious chapters.  I recall once upon a time reading a list of typos from church bulletins to a class. I got so tickled that I could barely read it. Not everyone thought it was as funny as I did, but I still love to see a good typo. I’m working hard not to create a typo in this post about a book filled with typos.

Typos often create an idea that was not intended by the author. That is, unless Freud was correct when he wrote, “There are times when the most insignificant slip in writing can serve to express a dangerous secret meaning” (p. 130). Even so, a misplaced letter or absence of necessary punctuation can change the meaning of an innocent sentence into a ribald suggestion.  Sometimes those can be embarrassing or even produce an unintended profanity (of which there are some in this book).  A few milder samples …

It took many rabbits many years to write the Talmud.  (Holland Evening Sentinel, Michigan)

French widow in every bedroom. (Hotel advertisement)

Do not sue Vicks Sinex for longer than 7 days without medical advice. (Packaging for Vicks Sinex spray)

Seen in a church bulletin: Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say “hell” to someone who doesn’t care much about you.

I once saw a very disconcerting shop sign that simply read: “WE ARE CLOSE.” 

That should give you some of the flavor of the book. Author Drummond Moir grew up in Edinburgh and studied at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, and Daiichi Keizai University in Fukuoka, Japan. Now based in London, he is Editorial Director of Sceptre, one of the UK’s leading literary imprints.  He has researched well and produced a thoroughly entertaining book. Grammarians will love this book, I know I certainly did.  I highly recommend it for many smiles.

In case you’d like to purchase Just My Typo for your Kindle…

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”